The (clarinet) black hole strikes again

The black hole strikes again.

The clarinet induced black hole.

Although I have never seen it myself, I am certain that my children's school has its own black hole, a dark region from which even light cannot escape. Because whenever my kids re-enter the school after 3 p.m., they seem to disappear. And my children are forever returning to the building for a drink of water, a trip to the bathroom, a forgotten backpack, a missing pencil sharpener.

Each time, they seem to disappear for a long, long time. Five minutes, 10, 15... Once, they disappeared for a half-hour. When they emerged, I asked what the heck they'd been doing inside.

I got a shrug and "I dunno."

The Hole was the only explanation I could fathom.

The Hole struck again a few weeks ago as I was picking up my children from school. My older daughter's butt had barely touched the car seat before she leaped from the vehicle. "I forgot my clarinet in my locker!" she yelped.

She jogged into the building. And that's when the Hole got her.

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4 comments for “The (clarinet) black hole strikes again

  1. June 17, 2010 at

    HA! And have you seen her since?

    • June 17, 2010 at

      Oh yes. The story ends happily. Click the link in my article to read the full text. I only publish a snippet quote. But I should be more clear about that.

      • GretchensPianos
        June 17, 2010 at

        Good 2 know it ends happily, also about the link.

        I've also been wondering whether the black hole is exclusive to the clarinet… ; )

      • June 18, 2010 at

        Oh, I think the clarinet definitely has a dark influence. 🙂

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